Many of these bits and pieces, are easily found in a French supermarket, but if you prefer you could pop into the Conran Shop, John Lewis, or order online. However, if that is the option you take, you had better be prepared to part with far more cash.
I would categorise the goods here as Cheap and Cheerful, but also wonderful. They are all useful, either in their original role or with additional duties in a busy household, and they will often fit into a tiny space in the car. I often think they are more useful purchases then the obvious French wine and cheeses. Look out for them in the supermarkets and pop one or two into your trolley, you'll be delighted in the depths of winter with these tangible reminders of a super summer break!
There are many areas I haven't touched on; stationary, books, clothes and wine to pinpoint the most obvious, but all those things are so personal I do not feel that I could or should influence anyone. I do hope this little list helps in some small way with your holiday shopping.
I also hope that you have the time to visit the small shops in the area you are staying, as well as the fantastic street markets. These will give you a far fuller and more complete taste of the region then a visit to the supermarket ever can.
|Firstly, I had to feature these superb Hot Chocolate|
Breakfast Bowls, I have seen this basic white one
for £5.00 each in London,
but here they are just over 1 Euro.
|You could buy a wonderful selection, lots of lovely|
uni-coloured bowls as well as the gorgeous patterns on the
|I love the fact that they are all varying sizes,|
and I also have a set of the Duralex bowls, which are
sold as 'nesting bowls' in London,
make your own set at half the price!
|I loved these "Breton" themed bowls with the sailing ships,|
but at 3 Euros each, they are rather expensive!
|This year I found these stainless steel jam pots for 14 Euro|
lurking above the saucepans and lids!
Glasses are essential, and I tend to stock up on Duralex,
perfect for children and holidays as they are virtually un-
breakable, don't you remember them from school?
|More of the 'nesting bowls' and the Marine is wonderful|
too, a deep and lovely blue colour
|I heard Terence Conran talking about buying carafes in|
France, and here are some which are just over one Euro each.
I have taken some back to London, where they make
delightful flower vases.
|My daughter jogged my arm, as I took a further photograph|
of the carafes, I hadn't noticed these Espresso machines!
Tomorrow, I'm buying a new coffee maker!
|There are plenty of supplies for jam makers, but to get|
really good jars I went to another supermarket.
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